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Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding

Pamela + Alex were wed at the Old Wide Awake Park in Hollywood, SC.

Angel-Oak-Charleston-Wedding-PhotoCharleston is possibly my favorite US city, so any excuse to shoot a wedding there is a dream! Pamela and Alex’s destination wedding at the Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, SC. was no exception. I was so excited that they picked this as their venue. Set against the Stono River, the grounds are lined with historic oaks full of spanish moss; it’s romantic and full of southern charm! Pam and Alex are one of the sweetest couples, and their wedding day was lovely. From her gorgeous, colorful bouquet to the orange adorned garland and gold flatware, every detail was perfect.

Wide Awake Park Wedding Photo

Pink and Yellow Peony and Anenome Wedding Bouquet

B&W Groom Getting Ready Prep Photo

How did Alex propose?
“The first gift Alex got Pamela was a stuffed Red Panda. A few years later, we went to Lincoln, Nebraska for the weekend of Alex’s birthday. The first stop was to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, but when we arrived the zoo was closed! Nonetheless, Alex waltzed up to the gate and knocked. We were let in and told we would be feeding the young Red Pandas! We got to go in the cage with them and feed them apples, which was such a cool (and cute) experience. When the apples ran out, Pamela turned around and Alex was on one knee!”

Emerald Engagement Ring Macro Detail Photo

Bridal Prep Styled Details Photo

Tell us about your wedding!
“Our wedding was held at Wide Awake Park in Hollywood, South Carolina. We loved this venue because it felt like it a secluded getaway from everyday life. We wanted our guests to be able to escape into the natural beauty and have fun being together!”

Dad helping Groom adjust bowtie photo

Blush and gold wedding details photo

Mom helping bride dress prep photo

Non-first look wedding photo

Pamela and Alex wanted to save the first look for their ceremony, but still wanted to spend a few minutes together. So they exchanged love notes they’d written just before the ceremony. So sweet!

bride and groom exchanging love letters photo

Faux First Look Wedding Photo

Wide Awake Park Wedding Ceremony Photo

Coastal weather is always so unpredictable. The rain paused just long enough for their ceremony, thankfully. So these two were able to say their vows under the beautiful oak trees overlooking the Stono River as planned.

Cute Ringbearer Signs Wedding Ideas Photo

Hollywood SC Wedding Photo

Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding Photo

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Coastal Charleston Wedding Photo

What do you love most about Alex?
“I’ve never met a nicer, more level-headed person. We’ve been together for almost four years and the only time I’ve heard him yell is while watching sports!”

Colorful Wedding Party Photo; yellow dresses and tulle skirts

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What qualities do you admire most in Pamela?
“Beyond being the kindest, most beautiful person I’ve even met, I love how passionate Pamela is.  Whether it’s play or work, she gives it everything she’s got. I’m not sure she even knows what the phrase “giving up” even means.”


rainy wide awake park wedding photo

Hollywood SC Wedding Photo

old wide awake plantation wedding reception photo



We also love when couple’s aren’t afraid to break tradition and make their wedding day their own. These two love games more than dancing, so they opted to spend the evening playing classic lawn games with their friends. Several stations of horseshoes, croquet, cornhole, and giant beer bong were set up throughout the park – allowing guests to bond and enjoy a low-key evening.

southern lawn games wedding reception photo

What was the most fun part of wedding planning for you?
“For Pamela, it was the dress! She designed it herself and seeing it all come together was a lot of fun. Alex said, ‘tasting the food, of course! I also enjoyed putting together the game plan (ha) for the yard games.'”

lawn games wedding reception photo

spring pink peony and anenome bouquet; charleston wedding photo

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stono river wedding photo

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We’re going to go to Trinidad & Tobago!”



Wedding Vendor Love:
Thanks to the following vendors for making Pamela and Alex’s Old Wide Awake Plantation and Park wedding so wonderful!

Wedding Venue: Wide Awake Park 
Officiant: Carolyn Pryor, Sea/Side Ceremonies
Florist: Charleston Blooms 
Catering: Swig & Swine
Wedding Dress: The bride’s design via Dress Gallery in Wichita, KS
Bridesmaid Dresses: custom Jasmine Bridal via Dress Gallery
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: Michael Kors via Dress Gallery
Flower Girl Dresses: Tip Top via Dress Gallery
Invitations: Pamela Fey
Engagement Ring: The bride’s design via Burnell’s Jewelry,Wichita, KS
Bride’s Wedding Band: SONGofDESIGNS on Etsy
Groom’s Wedding Band: custom via cldiamonds on Etsy
Video Guest Book: MVP Photo Booth Charleston
Sound equipment: Lowcountry Sound & Stage
Event Rentals: Snyder Events

  Dana + Ryan’s wedding was held at a private residence along with Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, NC

wrightsville beach wedding photo


Dana + Ryan’s wedding probably ranks #1 for the most injuries in a single day (multiple bee stings + a cork pop in the eye – ouch!) But it was also one of our favorites of 2013!
An adorable, heartfelt ceremony underneath a giant willow tree…followed with delicious food and a packed dance floor. Theirs was everything a wedding should be! No fuss, low key, and a ton of fun – just like Dana and Ryan!


Here’s a quick peek at their lovely day.

groom getting ready for weddingpre-wedding toasts for brideRyan thoughtfully included a card for Dana’s bridesmaids – thanking them for their friendship, and promising to take care of her. 

groom and groomsmen getting ready

How did you and Ryan meet? 
“We met on the set of One Tree Hill.  I saw him from afar and I was immediately attracted to him. He didn’t give me the time of day though! I was persistent and finally got him to ask me on a date and we have been happy ever since. :)”


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How did he propose to you?  
“He took me to the Baltimore Planetarium and had a whole setup that the employees were in on. At the end of the show, we stuck around so he could ask the guide questions, and then all of the sudden, the lights went out, our song came on and the words “Dana, Will You Marry Me” popped up on the planetarium dome.  I cried like a little baby I was so happy.”

motherA corsage was sweetly placed on a wooden swing in remembrance of Dana’s mother. 
bride walking down aisle toward groom

What is your favorite memory from the day? 
“My favorite memory from the day is walking down the aisle and just seeing Ryan’s smile and knowing…”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Don’t let others persuade you!  I knew what I wanted for the wedding and while a lot of friends and family wanted to give input/criticism, I simply told them, “No, thank you on giving advice. I want to plan the wedding of MY dreams.”


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bride and groom portraits

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 Their ceremony and reception site was seriously THE most gorgeous location ever!reception menu on glass window frameblue and green wedding reception decor

What is your favorite way to spend time together?  
“We love to cook!  We are big foodies so we love trying new restaurants and new recipes.”

Food Truck Wedding Catering via America
(Who doesn’t love food trucks?! Dana and Ryan were thrilled to have former Top Chef contestant, Keith Rhodes cater their wedding.)

bride and groom at receptionhydrangea and lily wedding centerpieces with silver hurricanescustom made menu and napkins at reception

What were your favorite wedding details?
“I really loved how our [handmade] napkins and menus turned out!!!”



First Dance song: ‘Better Than Love”, Griffin House

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Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter”, Loudon Wainwright III
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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to St. Lucia. It was gorgeous!!”


bride and groom kissing on pier

NC Wedding Vendor Love:
Venue: Private residence along intracoastal waterway near Wrightsville Beach / Wilmington, NC
Wedding Coordinator: Ruth Ann Struble of AMBR Creations
Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal.
Hair + Makeup: Sage Spa and Salon for hair, makeup done by Dana.
Florist: Ruth Ann Struble, AMBR Creations
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ + Entertainment: Active Entertainment. (We had Will, he was great!)
Catering: Catch, the food truck
Cake: La Rita Lees of Carolina Cakes and Confections

Intracoastal Waterway Wedding | Wrightsville Beach Photographer